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Hockinson pulls away from pesky Beavers

Hawks keep winning streak alive with victory over previously undefeated Woodland

HOCKINSON — The Hockinson Hawks made it 19 wins in a row, and two of them have now come against a Woodland team that has no fear going up against the best Class 2A team in the state.

Hockinson pulled away in the second half to beat the Beavers 42-27 in a key Class 2A Greater St. Helens League football game Friday night at Hockinson High School.

It was the second year in a row the Beavers hung tough against the state champions.

“We talked about we were going to have to face adversity against them. They are a great football team with great coaches,” Hockinson receiver Sawyer Racanelli said of the Beavers. “We had to step it up. We had faith.”

“We knew Woodland was going to be a tough opponent,” Peyton Brammer added. “We had to stay humble this week and practice hard. We had to keep our poise, stay as brothers.”

Hockinson receiver Peyton Brammer (9) eludes Woodland defenders and avoids the sideline during the Hawks’ 42-27 win Friday at Hockinson High School. Photo by Mike Schultz
Hockinson receiver Peyton Brammer (9) eludes Woodland defenders and avoids the sideline during the Hawks’ 42-27 win Friday at Hockinson High School. Photo by Mike Schultz

Oh, and just keep scoring, too. The Hawks know how to do that against anybody.

Levi Crum threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards and another score, and the Racanelli-Brammer receiving duo combined for 14 catches for 247 yards and four scores as the Hawks improved to 5-0 this season, 3-0 in the 2A GSHL. Woodland fell to 4-1, 2-1.

Hockinson quarterback Levi Crum (14) had four touchdown passes and scored on a touchdown run in the Hawks’ 42-27 win over Woodland Friday at Hockinson High School. Photo by Mike Schultz
Hockinson quarterback Levi Crum (14) had four touchdown passes and scored on a touchdown run in the Hawks’ 42-27 win over Woodland Friday at Hockinson High School. Photo by Mike Schultz

“Dang it. We were hovering around. We were hovering,” Woodland coach Mike Woodward said, knowing a few plays here and there could have made a difference. “We had so many chances to really be in this game.”

Woodland scored first. Woodland led after the first quarter. And even after the Hawks went up 35-13, the Beavers would score and get the ball with a chance to get the game to a one-score possession again.

The state champs, though, had other ideas.

“It’s never good to be behind. As a football team, though, that tests us,” Crum said. “That’s what we need in order to get better. Woodland did a good job in the first quarter. Our defense adjusted, and we played great in the second half.”

Crum’s 27-yard TD pass to Brammer on the opening series of the second half gave the Hawks a 28-13 lead. Hockinson’s Makaio Juarez had a one-handed interception on the next Woodland series, setting up another Hawks TD. This time it was Racanelli with a 44-yard pass-and-run, which led to a 5-yard TD pass to Racanelli and a 35-13 advantage.

Just like that.

Woodland scored toward the end of the third quarter when Tyler Flanagan found Kenyon Guy on a 9-yard touchdown pass.

Woodland quarterback Tyler Flanagan (21) rushes upfield during Friday’s loss at Hockinson. Photo by Mike Schultz
Woodland quarterback Tyler Flanagan (21) rushes upfield during Friday’s loss at Hockinson. Photo by Mike Schultz

The Woodland defense got Hockinson to punt for the first time all night, but the Beavers could do nothing on their next possession.

The Hawks seemingly put it away on a 26-yard TD pass from Crum to Racanelli and a 42-20 lead.

Still, Woodland had one more answer. And almost another. The Beavers got another Flanagan-to-Guy TD pass with 56 seconds left. They also recovered the onside kick.

Flanagan finished with 188 yards rushing with two touchdowns and 160 yards passing with two TD passes.

“That kid is a crazy athlete,” Hockinson linebacker Garrett Gundy said of Flanagan. “He’s a game-changer.”

The Hawks, though, had enough answers.

“All week we watched them on film. They did was we expected them to do. It just took us a while to stop them. Once we figured it out, it was money for us,” Gundy said.

“We’re just supposed to do our jobs,” Juarez said. “The only way we could beat them was if we did our jobs, all 11 guys to the ball.”

Woodland got the jump in this game with a touchdown on the first series. Flanagan scored on a 12-yard TD run. The Hawks answered with Brammer’s first TD of the game. But Flanagan hit an extra gear on a 65-yard touchdown run on the final play of the first quarter for a Woodland lead.

Hockinson running back Cody Wheeler (44) attempts to break free from a Woodland defender during the Hawks’ win Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Hockinson running back Cody Wheeler (44) attempts to break free from a Woodland defender during the Hawks’ win Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz

Crum used his feet to give Hockinson the lead at 14-13, scoring on a 19-yard touchdown run.

Racanelli, normally a receiver, made it 21-13 before the half when taking a snap out of the Wildcat formation and scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run.

Hockinson’s big push to open the second half was enough to make it 19 in a row for the program. The Hawks went 14-0 last year in winning the state title. Now five in a row this season, with hopes of a bunch more.


HOCKINSON 42, WOODLAND 27

Woodland 13 0 8 6 — 27

Hockinson 7 14 14 7 — 42

First quarter

W — Tyler Flanagan 12 run (kick failed)

H — Peyton Brammer 26 pass from Levi Crum (Nick Charles kick)

W — Flanagan 65 run (Emmanuel Cruz kick)

Second quarter

H — Crum 19 run (Charles kick)

H — Sawyer Racanelli 3 run (Charles kick)

Third quarter

H — Brammer 27 pass from Crum (Charles kick)

H — Racanelli 5 pass from Crum (Charles kick)

W — Kenyon Guy 9 pass from Flanagan (Elijua Schutlz pass from Flanagan)

Fourth quarter

H — Racanelli 26 pass from Crum (Charles kick)

W — Guy 13 pass from Flanagan (PAT failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING: Woodland — Flanagan 23-188, Reid Hope 3-0, Wyatt Wooden 1-(minus 6). Hockinson — Crum 13-130, Jonathan Domingos 1-0, Racanelli 6-21, Joseph Brennan 6-18, Cody Wheeler 2-9.

PASSING: Woodland — Flanagan 15-27-2-160. Hockinson — Crum 24-36-0-330

RECEIVING: Woodland — Alex Bishop 2-12, Wyatt Wooden 2-45, Christian Yager 4-65, Hope 3-14, Guy 4-30. Hockinson — Brammer 6-106, Racanelli 8-141, Aidan Mallory 2-11, Nick Frichtl 4-51, Wheeler 1-6, Jeremiah Faulstick 2-13, Wyatt Jones 1-4.


Final scores:

Camas 65, Heritage 3

Skyview 38, Battle Ground 12

Union 38, Puyallup 31

Evergreen 45, Fort Vancouver 0

Mountain View 62, Hudson’s Bay 3

Kelso 34, Prairie 18

Hockinson 42, Woodland 27

Columbia River 14, Mark Morris 13

Washougal 35, Ridgefield 19

La Center 41, King’s Way Christian 12

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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